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For those of you who have watched the Attack on Titan anime, or read the manga you can agree with me that the series in its entirety is a masterpiece from start to finish. The show addresses many of the darker themes and aspects of life which are applicable in our world today such as war, bigotry, pain, suffering and other forms of hatred and injustices that are ever-present throughout the story’s continually evolving plot. Although the plot of Attack on Titan may encompass all of these different issues they are all intertwined, and the one crucial similarity among all of these different themes is the perception of reality, and how it shapes our perspective and our view of the world around us as well as what we perceive to be true and just. Initially the story of Attack on Titan is told through the perspective of the young, and idealistic protagonist Eren Jaegar whose main objective is to save humanity from what he believes to be the brink of extinction from Titans who for some unknown reason wish to entirely eradicate humanity. As he continues to travel and work alongside the Scouts, the expedition team tasked with uncovering the secrets of the Titans and saving humanity, he eventually comes to learn along with his partners that they have been incorrect and misinformed concerning the state of world affairs which has consequently led to them being isolated from the rest of the world on Paradis Island. This revelation is so crucial because it forces Eren, the Scouts, and the rest of humanity on Paradis to question who the real enemy they have been fighting all this time truly is as their main issue is no longer defending themselves against the threat of Titans, but now striving for peace and acceptance in society while bearing the scorn of a modern world that despises them as a result of their people’s history and because of their ethnic differences. The circumstances of those from other nations of the world are similar to those on Paradis in the sense that they have been indoctrinated with propaganda about the inhabitants of the island, and believe that their fears and feelings of superiority because of their race provide them with a justifiable excuse to commit genocide against them. Eventually during the story’s conclusion the world as a whole begins to move toward building peaceful relations with one another as well as understanding after coming to realize their fears were irrational and that regardless of differences they are all human beings. The inability to understand and respect differences between people is what sows confusion and hatred in the minds of others, and it is an issue that is especially present in our world today. This lack of understanding only creates tensions, and perpetuates unending cycles of fear and hatred which can lead to conflict and result in nothing pain, sorrow, and unnecessary bloodshed, which I believe is one of the key underlying messages Isayama was trying to get across to his viewers through the series. Overall this series is very enjoyable and I was enthralled from the moment I began it, and I would highly recommend adding it to your watchlist if you have had reservations about getting into it.
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Welcome back to confirmation biases. Last time, I explained that to avoid confirmation bias, you'd have to view a perspective on both sides. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do.
So, what did I mean by viewing a perspective on both sides?
Well, simply put, I meant what I said. You find both proving and disproving evidence of a topic. Well, how do you do this?
Think of it this way - "Does this evidence give clear evidence that this might be right? If not, is there any counter evidence?"
If the answer to this is yes, congratulations - You've found sound evidence that does not confirm that your belief is 100% right. At the most, you've most likely only confirmed a very small portion of your claim.
If the answer to this is no, however, you then look for counter evidence. Counter evidence to see if your not-clear evidence is incorrect.
Let's use an example, again.
You're investigating a murder. You have solid evidence that the murderer is a 15-year old child from... I don't know, Kentucky. However, you know that this one piece of evidence doesn't confirm it, and therefore, look for counter-evidence.
Then, you do find counter-evidence. You find counter-evidence that they're not from Kentucky, and that they're actually from New Jersey. So, you put both of these aside and begin battling out which seems more likely.
If, however, you can't find a conclusion, then set them aside for later until you find more evidence/counter-evidence. Once you have enough, argue with yourself, then make your case.
This has been Week One of Logic Lessons with L, stay tuned for Week Two, which we'll be discussing about planning and unplanned executions of... anything.
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